When I was skimming through the pictures I took on my trips during the last year I realized that I developed a strange habit: I take pictures of my coffees. A lot. It may be an unconscious result of my addiction, but I consider coffee to be picture-worthy. And pretty. And very cultural.
Are you aware that “Coffee” is one of the easiest words to learn in so many languages?
Coffee, café (French, Portuguese, Spanish – all covered in one word!), caffè (Italian), Kaffee (German), koffie (Dutch), káva (Czech, Slovakian), kava (Croatian, Slovenian, Lithuanian – again, 3 languages, one word!), kaffe (Norwegian, Swedish), cafea (Romanian), kaffi (Icelandic), kávé (Hungarian), kafe (Albanian), kawa (Polish), kahve (Turkish), kahawa (Swahili) – the word root remains the same no matter what origin a language seemes to have!
Coffee brings languages closer together. It brings people closer together.
Actually, I even had my very first coffee (-ish drink, read: chocolate cappuccino, read: beginner’s drug) while traveling. Somewhere on the road in-between France and Spain, at a gas station during a family vacation… So for me, traveling and coffee have always been undeniably intertwined.
Of course, the pictures I collected so far are in no way “around the world”. Also, I do not take a picture of every coffee I drink – otherwise my memory cards would be full too quickly…
However, let me share a few of my “coffee on the road pictures” as a little manifesto: I will extend this little obsessive collection of mine. I will travel more. I will take more pictures. Of course, I will definitely drink a lot of coffee.
A Galão at LX Factory, the coolest hangout for arty-bookwormy types in Lisbon, Portugal.
Late night espresso in Tavira, Algarve, Portugal – this baby kept me dancing until four in the morning!
I promise – next time there will be more coffees!
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